Choppy Beating… (7/20)

We put together a last minute overnighter to try and target bigeyes and swords.  We made it to the Wilmington by 5:30 and ended up in a tight 4-6 foot chop which is no fun on a small boat.  We were only able to make about 4.5 knots upset without dipping the bow.  Anyway, it is what it is and we were there so we pounded it out.  The whales were fairly scattered about and the water seemed to be pulling offshore (not great for fishing conditions).  Anyway, we stuck to it and we did get our bigeye bite at 7:50pm.  The last short rigger disappeared in the explosive bite and fish on!!!  Always an extreme high when you hear the reel screaming!  Unfortunately this was short lived and the hook pulled.  Major bummer, but it certainly happens.  I wasn’t too disappointed because I thought we would get another note around at dark, but no luck.  We trolled until 10:30 before we pulled the trolling gear in.  We spent 15 minutes checking our drift to see how bad it was going to be and we all agreed to call the overnighter off and head in.  Just didn’t seem worth it.  Always going to have a trip like this once in awhile, but we certainly try to keep it to a minimum.

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